Scripture tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Perhaps that's why every Evensong service includes one or more psalms. We're to praise God in the heights of ecstatic joy, as well as in the depths of deep despair.
The Responses sung by the Officiant and Choir - May 10th Evensong service:
[written by Humphrey Clucas, British Composer]
O Lord, open thou our lips; and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us; O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord. The Lord's name be praised.
Anthem based on Psalm 47 sung by the choir:
"O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
For the Lord is high, and to be feared: He is the great King upon all the earth.
He shall subdue the people under us: and the nations under our feet.
He shall choose out an heritage for us: even the worship of Jacob, whom He loved.
God is gone up with a merry noise: and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
O sing praises, sing praises unto our God: O sing praises, sing praises unto the Lord, our
For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with the understanding.
God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon His holy seat.
For God, which is highly exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen"
God is worthy of our praise.
May He bless your week!